Trauma

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While many clients are seeking answers to “why?”, life is the way it is or “why?”, something took place, these questions are rarely met with satisfactory answers. What we are able to address concretely at Aloria, is, “how”, someone is experiencing the present moment and what that information means to the context of their lives.

The experience of trauma is significant in that it has a multifaceted impact in a person’s life: physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and more. Aloria’s integrative approach toward trauma has the ability to reduce the impact of trauma by incrementally increasing one’s ability to tolerate daily life.

Individual Responses to Trauma

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a traumatic event can be defined as an experience that is dangerous, scary, or shocking to a person and that affects someone emotionally or psychologically [1]. While everyone will react differently to traumatic experiences, it is important to be aware of some of the common and expected responses, such as:

  • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
  • Feeling anxious, depressed, or angry
  • Withdrawal, isolation
  • Recurring and intolerable thoughts about the incident(s)

These reactions to adverse experiences can be normal and may decrease over time or persist, increase, and interfere with daily life. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Persistent and unexplainable physical symptoms, like headaches, fatigue, digestive issues, achiness, and pain
  • Difficulty thinking clearly or having trouble making decisions
  • Changes in weight, eating, and sleeping patterns
  • Not engaging in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Nightmares, insomnia
  • Crying spells
  • Frightening thoughts that cause a person to relive the experience(s)

Trauma and Eating Disorders

At Aloria, we have an integrative approach toward our care, meaning that the interrelationship between trauma and other symptoms, behaviors, and disorders are addressed in concert. For a person who may be predisposed to having an eating disorder, adverse experiences can serve as one catalyst for eating disorder or disordered eating behavior.

While eating disorders are the result of a combination of multiple factors, including biological, cognitive, and sociocultural influences, adverse experiences resulting in trauma symptoms can influence many stressors, including negative affect, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem.

References

[1]: National Institute of Mental Health, “Coping with Traumatic Events”, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/coping-with-traumatic-events/index.shtml Accessed 25 June 2018